Showing posts with label cats. Show all posts
Showing posts with label cats. Show all posts

Nov 18, 2016

Shine on, Super Moon


This is  Bibi's attempt at artistically photographing the recent the perigee-syzygy of the Earth–Moon–Sun system. According to some folks the pull of this close brush with the moon is affecting all our brains as well as causing earthquakes. Who knows? Everything's been so nutty lately maybe they're right.


And here's the last of this year's moonflowers in keeping with today's lunar theme. I still am amazed every time they open. It looks like someone ironed those perfect pleats in those gloriously huge eight inch blossoms.


These are our resident lunatics having a love-in of sorts. Mama Chinger is looking quite content atop her daughter Tikka on the bottom left and His Imperial Majesty the Baacha Khan on the bottom right.


Box + Cats = Bliss.


Yes, this is the way HIM the Baacha Khan sleeps. So much for regal mien, eh?


And lastly, HIM the Baacha Khan decided to try on the gardener's backpack. Something about HIM's expression reminds me of Ben Stiller in Zoolander. FIERCE.

That's all the lunacy going around here up at the Himalayan Hovel. Modi's ill thought out demonetisation is wreaking havoc across the subcontinent RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF THE PEAK TOURIST SEASON. I'm not even daring to think about what's next in this wacky world.

Apr 21, 2016

Our Ms Chinger


Introducing the grand matriarch of our kitty clan & my sole photography assistant-

 Ms Chinger. 

"Chinger" means ratty or rodent-like in Hindi and Nepali. When Ms Chinger was tossed as a tiny kitten over our compound wall by some kids ten years ago she looked very ratty indeed. Small enough to fit in the palm of my hand, poor little Ms Chinger also suffered a skin infection which caused all the fur on her tail to fall off. She looked very rodent like as a kitten with her tiny black furry body and a long white scaly tail. Despite being the smallest and rattiest of our kitties she has a heart like a lion and can easily eat more than her weight in chicken. Nothing scares this little grand dame, despite her petite size I've seen her smack street dogs in the face with her paw and tease huge water buffaloes by running through their legs.


Here you can see Ms Chinger at work as my photography assistant. I'm getting ready to do a food shoot in my high tech ultra modern studio which also happens to be the patio table with one of my kurtis draped over it. As I adjust the patio umbrella or "natural lighting" as we say in the photography biz, Ms Chinger is assisting with draping the background.


Now Ms Chinger has decided she needs to freshen up a bit. Or take a full spit bath in the middle of the photo shoot. She has the entire yard to do this in but no, here is where she must bathe.


Ms Chinger has always been very chatty and expressive. She has a peculiarly grating whine that sounds like she's perpetually annoyed rather than any sort of typical kitty "meow."


Ms Chinger's lifelong mantra seems to be "SCREW YOU!" Which is most likely what she's saying here.


They say actions speak louder than words. This definitely seems to be the case here. I'm getting the hint that Ms Chinger really doesn't think there should be any taking of photographs at this location and vegetarian dishes should not be allowed to exist. Looks like it's time for a clean shirt, new shooting locale, a fresh plate of food, and a less opinionated photography assistant.

Sigh....

An interesting aside:
I have been notified that I have been nominated for the "Best Food Blog"  AND "Best New Blog" awards on the  nepaliaustralian blog so get on over there and vote for my blog if you choose at:




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